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20J010 Internship Proposal


Title: Mapping of hydrogen mobility solutions and analysis of total cost of ownership for hydrogen, electric and thermal options

Background

EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research) was established in 2001 as collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Electricité de France (EDF). Today EIFER has an international team of more than 100 researchers.
The Low Carbon Hydrogen System department brings together 20 researchers working on the development of hydrogen including laboratory test, demonstration field projects, technologies and market potentials assessment and strategic positioning.
This internship aims to evaluate the potential of hydrogen mobility for different market segments based on the total
cost of ownership methodology (TCO).

The assigned tasks involve
• Mapping of companies and projects related to hydrogen mobility, especially on heavy duty vehicles, ships and trains
• Provide a product description: roadmap, technical and economical data related to the solution (engine power, tank size, battery hybridization, costs, etc.)
• Create a model that compares total cost of ownership (TCO) of the different mobility solutions running with hydrogen, battery, natural gas and fuel
• Organize and provide data analysis for each mobility options
• Implementation of the results on a knowledge management software

Required qualifications / skills / interests
• Master student in Energy/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering or similar
• Good understanding of the energy sector is a must
• Good knowledge of computational science or high motivation to learn
• The position requires interdisciplinary and analytical thinking, good presentation and communication skills, ability to work independently and responsibly in a structured way and to convey clear and efficient messages
• A very good level in English is mandatory. French or German knowledge would be a plus.

Conditions
• Duration: 6 months, starting as soon as possible
• Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
• Working place: home-office, as far as possible some punctual physical meetings at EIFER, Emmy-NoetherStr. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
• Monthly compensation: 450 €

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single pdf of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the offer number 20J010.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact Arnaud Roulland (roulland@eifer.org) or Annabelle Brisse (brisse@eifer.org).

 


 

20J003 Internship Proposal


Title: Evaluation of the ammonia market

Background
The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) was established as a collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Electricité de France (EDF) and is located in Karlsruhe, Technologiepark. Today EIFER has a multi-cultural team of more than 100 employees.

Description of the project
Chemical storage of energy can be achieved via hydrogen or carbon-neutral hydrogen derivatives. One example is ammonia (NH3) which has been identified as a sustainable fuel for mobile and remote applications and a high caloric energy carrier to store electricity. NH3 is CO2-free if produced from renewable electricity. The Solid State Ammonia Synthesis (SSAS) concept consists in the production of NH3 directly from water and air. Even if achieving ammonia synthesis at intermediate temperatures and ambient pressures through a Proton Conducting Cell (PCC) is a promising technology for the development of green ammonia, no commercially available SSAS system exist. The target is to evaluate the economic and environmental impact of the SSAS in comparison with the current ammonia production methods.

The assigned tasks involve
• Evaluation of the current ammonia market (production, consumption, storage, transport)
• Mapping of the main actors of the ammonia market
• Evaluation of the actual production cost of ammonia and SSAS (levelized cost of ammonia), based on process simulation in a software
• Evaluation of the environmental impact of the ammonia production (CO2 emissions)
• Evaluation of a new business model based on SSAS

Required qualifications/skills/interests
• Studies in the area of energy economics and/or industrial engineering or a related field
• Background/interest on the assessment of emerging technologies in the energy sector
• Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink or another simulation tool is highly desirable
• Synthetic and analytical thinking, ability to work autonomously
• Ability to write/communicate in English mandatory, French/German highly desirable

Conditions
• Duration: 4-6 months (Start as soon as possible)
• Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
• Monthly Compensation 450€ per month
• Place of work: EIFER, Technologiepark, Emmy-Noether-Straße 11, 76131 Karlsruhe

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single pdf of max. 5MB to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the student-position-number 20J003.
For additional information concerning the work, please contact Dr. Julian Dailly, dailly@eifer.org.

 


 

19J031 Internship Proposal


Title: Modelling of fuel cell/ battery hybridization technologies for heavy duty transport applications

The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER, Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF-KIT EWIV) was established in 2001 as collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and EDF SA. EIFER has a multi-cultural team of more than 100 researchers working on the development of innovative solutions regarding energy management in cities and territories, decentralized energy production and energy systems.
The fuel cell technologies are progressively entering the market, especially for mobility. Nowadays, discussions are still on-going on whether the full battery or the fuel cell powered electric vehicles will take the lead of the market for passenger cars. However, it appears that the constraints of autonomy, weight and size associated with heavy duty applications (trucks, trains, ships) are not compatible with full battery vehicles. Therefore, the de-carbonation of these vehicles can only go through fuel cell based electric vehicles. However, the strong dynamics of the variations in power demand are detrimental for fuel cell lifetime. Therefore, the hybridization of battery/super capacitors (able to sustain high power variations) with fuel cells (able to provide a long autonomy) appears the best option to meet the requirements of heavy duty vehicle.
The objective of the internship is therefore to estimate the most relevant hybridization technologies of fuel cells and batteries and establish a first model of hybridization.

The assigned tasks involve
• Literature analysis to identify the existing usage profiles (e.g.: evolution of power demand) of heavy duty vehicles (trucks, trains, ships)
• Literature analysis to identify the existing hybridization strategies and models
• Development of a first model of the different components of the hybridization system (fuel cell, batteries/super capacitors, hydrogen storage, electrical engine) and of the strategies of hybridization in order to optimize the size, the cost and the autonomy of the hybrid system, as well as its ability to sustain dynamics
• Final report

Required qualifications and recommended skills
• Studies in the engineering field, preferably system engineering
• Good skills in programming (preferably with Matlab/Simulink)
• Basic knowledge of batteries and/or fuel cell for electric mobility
• Analytical mind and ability to synthetize information
• Fluency in English is mandatory

Conditions
• 4 (preferably 6) months, starting as soon as possible
• Working place: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
• Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
• Compensation: 450 Euro/month

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single pdf of max. 5MB including all relevant information (curriculum vitae and cover letter) to to jobs@eifer.org . Please refer to the offer number 19J031.

For additional information concerning the work, please contact:
Philippe Moçotéguy (to mocoteguy@eifer.org ).
Annabelle Brisse (to brisse@eifer.org)

 


 

19J016 Student Assistant (F/M/D)


Title: Development of a blockchain-based energy market application

EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research) was established in 2001 as collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Electricité de France (EDF). Today EIFER has an international team of more than 100 researchers. The hydrogen team is currently looking for a student in the scope of a prospective study related to hydrogen early markets.

Position description
The student will support the development team on the further development of a local energy market application, including:
• The integration of an agent-based simulation model with a blockchain data ledger
• The development of a user story, and the development of an interface for mobile devices to interact on the local energy market

Optionally, the work could be carried out as a Master Thesis.

Required qualifications
• Student in the area of Computer Science and/or engineering (e.g. energy, industrial, mechanical engineering etc.)
• Knowledge on blockchain protocols (Ethereum, Factom, Hyperledger Fabrik etc.)
• Interest in the evolution of blockchain technologies and new technologies
• Knowledge on application development preferred (java, javascript, python etc.)
• Good communication and presentation skills
• Good knowledge of English is mandatory

Conditions
• Duration: 6 to 7 months, depending on the student’s availability
• Working hours: 40 hours per month
• Start: as soon as possible
• Remuneration: 460€/month, exact hourly rate depending on the student´s education level
• Place of work: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe

Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single pdf of max. 5MB including all relevant information (curriculum vitae and cover letter) to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the offer number 19J016.

For additional information concerning the work please contact: Samrat Bose: samrat.bose@eifer.org,
Tel. +49 (0) 721/6105-1445 or Enrique Kremers, Tel.: +49 721 6105 1451, enrique.kremers@eifer.org

 


 

19J013 – Internship Proposal


Title: Investigation and mapping of hydrogen projects in France and Europe

EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research) was established in 2001 as collaboration between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Electricité de France (EDF). Today EIFER has an international team of more than 100 researchers. The hydrogen team is currently looking for a student in the scope of a prospective study related to hydrogen early markets.

Hydrogen can be considered both as an energy carrier (energy storage, fuel for transportation devices etc.) and as an industrial raw product used in different sectors of the industry (steel, glass, food, chemicals, plastics, etc.). Electrolysis enables carbon free generation of hydrogen directly at end application sites and hence is a promising option for decarbonizing some industry sectors and developing energy smart-solutions for industrial environments/applications.

The student will investigate public databases in order to get information about European and National projects involving hydrogen. In this context, he/she should be able to understand the potential success of these projects. The student will be responsible then to get more information on the most interesting hydrogen projects, evaluating their future scalability and repeatability.

The assigned tasks involve
• Survey the hydrogen projects in Europe
- Analysis and mapping of current and upcoming hydrogen projects in France
- Get detailed information on the most interesting hydrogen projects
- Analysis and mapping of current and upcoming hydrogen projects in EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK)
• Emerging conclusions / Key factors for success
- Interactive maps, able to show all the main characteristics of each project (e.g. coordinates, sector of application, funders, etc.)
- Evaluation of the success, future scalability and repeatability of the main hydrogen projects developed in France

Required qualifications / skills / interests
The position is aiming at students in technical/economics sciences.
• Interested in the field of energy and environment
• Knowledge in Geographic information system (QGIS/ArcGIS - intermediate level)
• Analysis of public databases (mostly written in French)
• Fluent in French and English, additional knowledge of German would be of value

Conditions
Duration: 6 months. Starting date: as soon as possible
Location: EIFER, Emmy-Noether-Str. 11, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Working hours: 39.5 hours per week
Monthly compensation: 450 €


Contact
If you want to join a highly motivated research group, please forward your electronic application with one single pdf of max. 5MB including all relevant information (curriculum vitae and cover letter) to jobs@eifer.org. Please refer to the offer number 19J013.
For additional information concerning the work please contact: Renato Luise: luise@eifer.org,
Tel. +49 (0) 721/6105-1418.

 


 

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